No matter what they say about Brazil, public transportation is really expensive, and not only expensive but really bad – bad in you cannot count on. At the time of this writing, the bus fare where I live is varied R$ 3.90 (€ 1.04) up to R$ 6.00 (€ 1.60), whereas the minimum wage is currently at R$ 937.00 (€ 251.44)). If you are one of those like me, who totally depends on public transportation to go to your work/university and go back home, you would monthly spend ~R$ 390. That’s a lot. Especially if you depend on the minimum wage, which in the city I live at, according IBGE, 24.6% of Florianópolis has a monthly nominal income per capita of 1/2 the minimum wage.

That’s just a start.

In Florianópolis, there is no “special” road for buses, meaning if there is traffic, you are stuck in traffic – and that is, pretty much all the time as seen in the image hereunder.

Buses in Florianopolis

Hopefully, that quick overview gave you an insight of the public transportation in Florianópolis. But something has changed the way you travel around the city: Uber and 99pop. Say what you say about those two companies, which most of the critiques (especially about Uber, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and much much more) I agree, however, Uber and 99pop are bypassing public transportations by prices and by efficiency.

And I hate to say and accept that.

I recently started using 99pop due to it’s lower fare and a bunch of sales, which ends up costing less than or equal to my bus fare. Furthermore, buses from 00 am up to 5 am are non-existent – well, there is two or three lines, but I have never seen it, and if there is, I am sure it does not route the whole city (including the Continent, which the island of Florianópolis is connected to).

I hate to break it to you, public transportation of Florianópolis, but you are not doing a very good job. Not at all.